“[A]ll of America is really the real America. But in the right wing world, they like to pretend that where I am at this moment, in the heart of Manhattan, is not the real America, that the real America is to be found away from the coasts, out there in the great middle, in places like Missouri.
The Sean Hannitys and Ann Coulters of the world like to pretend that that‘s where the real Americans live, real Americans who like the flag more than north-easterners do, and hate taxes more and hate everything liberal, and like everything that‘s Republican.
Here is some Heartland thinking, that Hannity world would not recognize, as coming from their notion of, the real America. It‘s from an editorial in Sunday‘s “St. Louis Post Dispatch,” that mourns the loss of the party of Lincoln, and as the editorial put it, “the party of lesser mortals, like George H.W. Bush of Texas, Bob Dole of Kansas, and Jack Danforth of Missouri, statesmen who put country before party.”
“In today‘s Republican party,” the editorial said, “we have the spectacle of smart patriotic men and women putting their brains and integrity on ice to please a party dominated by anti-intellectual, social Darwinists and the plutocrats who finance and mislead them. Consider the mythology that makes up GOP orthodoxy today.
“Imagine the contortions that cramp the brains and souls of men and women of intelligence and compassion who seek state and national office under the Republican banner. They must believe, despite the evidence of the 2008 financial collapse, that unregulated or at most lightly regulated financial markets are good for America and the world.
“They must believe, economic growth can be attained only by reducing corporate and individual tax rates, especially among the investor class, and by freeing business from environmental rules that have cleaned up America‘s air and water, and labor regulations that helped create America‘s middle class.
“Republican candidates for office must deny that health care is a basic right and resist a real attempt to change and improve the system. GOP candidates must scoff at scientific consensus about global warming.
Blame it on human activity, bad. Cite Noah‘s Ark as evidence, good.
“They must express at least some doubt about the science of evolution. They must insist, statistics and evidence to the contrary, that most of the nation‘s energy needs can be met safely with more domestic oil drilling, clean coal technology, and greater reliance on perfectly safe nuclear power plants.
“They must believe that all 11.2 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States can be rounded up, detained, tried, repatriated and kept from returning at a reasonable cost. GOP candidates should at least hint that unemployment benefits keep people from seeking jobs.
“They must believe that the founding fathers wanting to guarantee individuals the absolute right to own high capacity rapid fire weapons that did not exist in the late 18th century.”
The “St. Louis Post Dispatch.” Those east coast Ivy League elitists at “The New York Times” could not have said it better.”—Lawrence O’Donnell, The “Real America” - Watch (via brooklynmutt)
This is some scary sh*t. Anti-gay rights organizations are mobilizing to take advantage of a mass cash infusion from unknown sources, and ensure that they continue their pro-life, pro-discrimination agendas nationwide.
The campaign, officially titled “Ignite An Enduring Cultural Transformation,” seeks to build off of the perceived momentum from the contentious November 2010 Elections, and “turn a moment into a movement.”
At a time when many policymakers are looking at criminal and juvenile justice reforms that would safely shrink the size of our prison population, the existence of private prison companies creates a countervailing interest in preserving the current approach to criminal justice and increasing the use of incarceration.
While private prison companies may try to present themselves as just meeting existing demand for prison beds and responding to current market conditions, in fact they have worked hard over the past decade to create markets for their product. As revenues of private prison companies have grown over the past decade, the companies have had more resources with which to build political power, and they have used this power to promote policies that lead to higher rates of incarceration.
Together with the World Wildlife Federation, on June 23 Coca-Cola unveiled a billboard in the Philippines that’s actually good for the city it inhabits.
The 60 x 60 foot living billboard in Manila is made of thousands of Fukien tea plants surrounding the iconic curvy shape of a silver Coke bottle. The project with the CO2-eating plants was created in conjunction with Coca-Cola Philippines’ Live Positively sustainability program.
Last week the Republican Party sounded two distinct voices. First we heard the angry demands of the Tea Party, speaking through its hardline conservative allies in the House, pushing the government to the brink of a shutdown. But then emerged the soothing tones of Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, who fashions himself the intellectual leader of the party, unveiling a budget manifesto he calls the “Path to Prosperity.”
Charlie has inked a deal with Lionsgate Television to create and star in a new sitcom,” an insider tells RadarOnline. “Charlie’s character will be very similar to the one he played on Two And a Half Men, however the show will be a lot racier.
Glenn Beck is ranting about liberals again. This time he says he was the victim of mob mentality at Bryant Park movie night — which is always a mob scene, but Beck must not get out much. And for good reason as he sees it. This mob poured wine all over his wife’s back according Beck’s account…
To @saromo, don’t fuss over spilled wine. And @glennbeck, tell your wife to keep using the cross as a dildo.
So, yeah, this starts out OK - Red and Blue are sort of garden-variety anti-gay. Black is the voice of reason. Then Brown steps in and kicks it up a notch. First, he says gayness is “cruel” to people like him, who have the “human right” to live in a place…
Weirdly, I swear I know Brown cause I’ve had someone toss this same garbage at me with that same troll-like crazy. Even down to the “I’m defending my girl” BS like she can’t debate calmly by herself… How many of these people could be out there?
“And when I say choose, they don’t choose it in the sense of like going through a cafeteria line and looking at all the different types of lifestyles and saying, I’ll take that one because it looks exciting. No. Everybody knows it is not exciting. It has many harmful effects. They choose it in the sense that they succumb to the temptation to give into it. They are not born that way. God would not call something an abomination and make someone where they had no choice. They have the opportunity, they have the power to say no to that lifestyle…
The average American doesn’t understand the threat that homosexuality and the total acceptance of it into our society is to our nation. We need to wake up to this threat. I am always being accused of hating homosexuals. I don’t hate anyone. This isn’t a matter of hating someone or trying to deny them their equal rights. All American citizens have equal rights under our Constitution. This is trying to get acceptance for a behavior that is specifically mentioned in God’s Word that is wrong. If the homosexuals get special status for same-sex marriage, what would stop them from seeking approval for group marriage or marriage to animals or children?”—
Rep. Sally Kern of Oklahoma, demonstrating why she’s one of the worst people ever. The interview is in advance of her forthcoming book, The Stoning of Sally Kern. Shit you not, that’s what it’s called. She’s a complete victim, right? (via cognitivedissonance)
She says this like she thinks everyone is tempted by homosexuality. Uh, Sally, some of us aren’t really interested in gay sex, like at all. I’m not tempted even a little bit. If you are, guess what, you’re probably gay or somewhere closer to gay on the spectrum than I am. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, see that’s the difference between you and I Sally. I want gay people to be free, but I don’t want to be gay. You want gay people oppressed and you seem to want to be gay. Just sayin’, it’s a little weird.
The leading group in this movement is American Crossroads GPS, led by former Bush insider Karl Rove. American Crossroads is in large part being bankrolled by the former head of Univision, Jerry Perenchio, hotelier Robert Rowling, and Swift Boat funder Bob Perry.
These donors are all multimillionaires, who would profit handsomely from a return to the conservative economics of the Bush era — some of the same policies that helped lead America and the world into a recession in the first place.
The combination of lost jobs and millions of foreclosures means a lot of folks are homeless and hungry for the first time in their lives. One of the consequences of the recession that you don’t hear much about is the record number of children descending into poverty. The government considers a family of four to be impoverished if they take in less than $22,000 a year. Based on that standard, and the government projections of unemployment, it is estimated that the poverty rate for kids in this country will soon hit 25 percent.
I used to be involved with the social justice circles on tumblr, but I’ve become increasingly disillusioned with them. I am a liberal who believes in love, peace, and equality; I was attracted to social justice because I believe that every human being deserves respect.